Wagakki Band to Perform Ending Theme Song for Naruto Kabuki Play
13.July.2018 | MUSIC
Wagakki Band will provide the ending theme song for the upcoming kabuki play adaptation of manga series Naruto which will be performed in Tokyo at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theatre this August. It was announced back in April that the band would perform a song for the play, but new details have been revealed. The song is titled Hikari no Naka de (‘In the Light’).
Naruto was first serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999 and tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who trains in the art of ninjitsu, who must take out his enemies, and who ultimately aspires to be Hokage, the leader of the village. The series has brought in fans across the globe, with well over 220 million copies sold in over 40 countries outside Japan. Kabuki actors Bandou Minosuke and Hayato Nakamura will play the roles of Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha respectively.
Comment by Yuko Suzuhana (Wagakki Band Vocalist):
“Collaborating with kabuki theater is something I’ve really wanted to do so we are extremely honoured that they called out to us. They said that Wagakki Band’s sound was necessary for the play, so our mutual love was realised. We wrote this new song for the production as [they said] it was something only we can do. I believe it’s a very bright and piercing song compared to the recent Wagakki Band. The composition and lyrics were written by our guitarist Machiya. He’s a fan of Naruto, so much so that he’s watched it 3 times. The song is packed with words like ‘hope’ and ‘light’ which align with the story’s final arc which rang together really well in our heads with the music when we were writing it. We also tried some new songs, like having multiple choruses. There’s also less sounds in the ensemble than we’ve ever had to bring more of a balance. I hope people enjoy this unique fusion of kabuki and Wagakki Band which has never been seen before.”
We look forward to hearing what kind of song Wagakki Band has in store for the play.
New BORUTO Opening Theme Song By miwa Will Inspire Fans to Never Give Up
Singer-songwriter miwa was put in charge of the next opening theme song for popular TV Tokyo anime Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
miwa made the following statement about her new song:
“This song depicts the attitude of a young, strong-willed and impulsive teenager who wants to live life in their own way and protect someone close to them. The song encourages bold and direct feelings. I hope that viewers who watch Boruto struggle on his journey to becoming a splendid ninja can relate to it in their own way by listening to my song.
The anime will be broadcast on TV Tokyo every Sunday at 5:30 pm starting from October 6. The new theme song written by miwa will be used for the episodes airing between October 2019 and March 2020.
We are still waiting on more information about the physical and digital release of miwa’s new song. This information could be released at any moment, but all we can do for now is wait in excitement for further announcements.
©️Masashi Kishimoto/Shueisha/ TV Tokyo/ Pierrot
Pour on the soy sauce and a scary Kabuki face will appear?! Order your Village Vanguard soy sauce dishes now!
11.May.2019 | FASHION
Village Vanguard is well known for their collaborations with characters and their animal-themed designs. This time, they’ve made a Kabuki-themed soy sauce dish that you can order online.
Young, old, male or female, Japanese people love their traditional theatre shows called “Kabuki”. One fascinating feature of Kabuki is the impressive makeup of the actors and actresses called “Kumadori
They made animal-themed soy sauce dishes, then character-themed ones, and now finally, we’ve got Kabuki-themed ones! There are many different designs in this new series ー you can enjoy all their different expressions! This is bound to make your dinner table a thousand times more exciting!
There are a total of six designs. Please come and choose from this wonderful selection!
Kabuki-themed soy sauce dish
Purchasable from Village Vanguard’s official website: https://vvstore.jp/feature/detail/11745/?utm_source=press
Naruto, Gintama & More―UNIQLO Releases Manga-Inspired T-Shirt Series MANGA UT
Japanese retailer UNIQLO, which owns the T-shirt collection “UT” is developing a subseries called “MANGA UT” which is a collection based on world famous anime and manga. The new collection will be launched at UNIQLO stores nationwide and on the online store from Monday 27th May 2019.
Detective Conan © Gosho Aoyama/Shogakukan, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, TMS 1996
BORUTO – NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS NARUTO-NARUTO – SHIPPUDEN ©Masashi Kishimoto Scott / SHUEISHA Inc, TV Tokyo, Pierrot Co. Ltd.
This year the collection offers items for women too, so everyone can enjoy an even larger variety of products. This year, Detective Conan, Boruto – Naruto Next Generations and Naruto Shippuden are featuring in the collection for the first time. This will be the first time that a solo Detective Conan item is released.
NARUTO – SHIPPUDEN ©Masashi Kishimoto Scott / SHUEISHA Inc, TV Tokyo, Pierrot Co. Ltd.
Gintama © Hideaki Sorachi/SHUEISHA Inc, TV Tokyo, Dentsu Inc., BNP, Aniplex Inc.
Yu ☆ Yu ☆ Hakusho original works/Yoshihiro Togashi Yu ☆ Yu ☆ Hakusho (JUMP Comics published by SHUEISHA Inc.) © Yoshihiro Togashi (1990-1994) ©Pierrot Co. Ltd./SHUEISHA Inc.
As well as original Weekly Shōnen Jump anime such as Naruto Shippuden and Gintama, legendary anime such as Yu ☆ Yu ☆ Hakusho and HUNTER X HUNTER are also part of the collection!
Urusei Yatsura © Rumiko Takahashi /Shogakukan
Ranma ½ © Rumiko Takahashi / Shogakukan
…but there’s still more! The collection also features 14 popular Weekly Shōnen Sunday manga/anime such as Urusei Yatsura, Ranma ½ and Inuyasha!
Come check out this T-shirt collection which features Japan’s most world-famous anime and manga!
Release: Monday 27th May 2019
Available at UNIQLO stores nationwide (Japan) and on the online store.
Prices: Men’s/ Women’s (¥990+ tax)/Kids (¥790 + tax)
Product info: https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/store/feature/uq/ut/mangaut/
New Boruto Opening Theme ‘Golden Time’ by Fujifabric to be Released Digitally
It has been announced that Fujifabric’s new song Golden Time will be released digitally on May 19, 2019.
The song just aired as the new opening theme song for the ongoing anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. The song was written and composed by the band’s bassist Shinichi Katō with sentimental lyrics and a melody that has that feeling of of running that Naruto and Boruto songs are known for.
Fujifabric will release their 10th album F on vinyl April 10. When bought on Amazon Japan, this limited pressing record will come with a coaster featuring the album’s cover art, and when bought at Tower Records it’s coupled with an A3-size poster.
Additionally, fans who purchase the vinyl at either the band’s show at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo on April 14 or Zepp Osaka Bayside on April 19 will receive a signed postcard with a picture of the band members on it.
*Digital download info TBA.
Price: ¥3,500 (Before Tax)
Fujifabric LIVE TOUR 2019 “FEVERMAN”
2019/4/14 @ Zepp DiverCity (Tokyo) OPEN 17:00 / START 18:00)
2019/4/19 @ Zepp Osaka Bayside (OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00)
Fujifabric Official Website: http://www.fujifabric.com/
©Masashi Kishimoto, Scott / Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Pierrot
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Perform Kabuki Themed Concert at Japan’s Oldest Kabuki Theatre
20.March.2019 | MUSIC
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu announced her Oto no Kuni Live Tour earlier this year which will take her to various locations across Japan in 2019 that are rich in Japanese history and tradition.
The tour is produced by Kyary herself and is supported by her latest album Japamyu which is also Japan-themed. The first place she revealed that she will perform at is Izumo-taisha Shrine in Shimane Prefecture on Saturday March 30.
Kyary has now drawn the curtain back on the next venue: Minami-za, the kabuki ‘holy ground.’ She will incorporate kabuki elements into her show.
Minami-za is one of the oldest kabuki theatres in Japan. It is located in Kyoto’s Shijō Kawaramachi area which is said to have been where kabuki originated. The theatre has continued to give host to a wide range of entertainment, including that which is not kabuki, for over 400 years. It was registered as a Japanese Tangible Cultural Property in 1996 and as an example of Kyoto Historical Architectural Design. The theatre re-opened last year after having undergone renovations to reinforce earthquake resistance. The outside of the building maintains the traditional look of the theatre but the interior has been completely renewed. Throughout the year, it promotes culture to the people of the world with its performances.
Kyary is receiving proper kabuki training and guidance. Shewill use a range of kabuki techniques in her dance and performance such as roppo, a type of stylised walk, and mie, a dramatic pose pulled by an actor who then freezes for a brief moment.
Don’t miss her first ever show to include kabuki!
Kyoto Mirai Matsuri 2019: Minami-za Reopening Commemoration
April 30 – May 5 –OTOMATSURI-
April 30: Slot 1 & 2 – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (Oto no Kuni Live Tour)
May 3: Slot 1 – Matsunojō Kanda / Slot 2 – m-flo & CAPSULE
May 4: Slot 2 – DAISHIDAISHI DANCE & →Pia-no-jaC← and more
*More performers and details TBA
Event Website: https://www.miraimatsuri.com
Minami-za Website: https://www.shochiku.co.jp/play/theater/minamiza/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Official Website: http://kyary.asobisystem.com
Japanese rock band Fujifabric create anime opening theme song for BORUTO!
Japanese rock band Fujifabric released their 10th album “F” in January, which is definitely worth commemorating! The band have just kicked off their Japan tour “Fujifabric LIVE TOUR 2019 “FEVERMAN””, which started on 2nd March 2019.
Fujifabric’s new song “Golden Time” will be the next opening theme song for TXN Network anime BORUTO- NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS!
Fujifabric’s bass player Shinichi Katō wrote the lyrics and music for “Golden Time”. The lyrics were cleverly composed and the music is packed with the feeling of an exciting rush of action.
You can hear the opening theme song “Golden Time” for the first time at 17:30 on Sunday 7th April when the new season is aired.
A comment by Shinichi Katō (bass) :
I wrote this song thinking of the times when we do something for our own sakes or for the hopes and feelings of others; when there is something we must do, and are determined to not allow our feelings to defeat us.
Snuggle up and enjoy the next series of BORUTO which is coming soon!
Golden Time (ゴールデンタイム)
First broadcast: 17:30 Sunday 7th April 2019
Fujifabric official website: http://www.fujifabric.com/
BORUTO-ボルト- NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
TX Network：Every Sunday (17:30) ※ Repeated every Saturday at 07:00
BS TV Tokyo：Every Tuesday (00:30) – popular
Gifu Broadcasting System：Every Monday (17:30) – popular
Biwako Broadcasting：Every Sunday (01:30) – popular
Mie Television Broadcasting: Every Monday (17:00) – popular
Nara Television: Every Monday (02:30) – popular
Wakayama Telecasting: Every Saturday (08:30) – popular
※ This anime will also be broadcasted by various websites!
SKYPEACE to perform new ending theme song for anime BORUTO- NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS!
SKY PEACE’s new song “Ride or Die” will be the next ending theme song for anime BORUTO- NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS.
SKY PEACE has 2.3 million subscribers on YouTube and their fanbase overwhelmingly consists of Japanese middle school students. You can catch their new ending theme song from April 2019 when the new season of BORUTO will be aired.
The band members explained their feelings towards writing the song with passion: “I’ve been watching Naruto since I was a child ー from laughter to crying, it was an anime filled with many emotions. I just couldn’t stop crying when I watched the final scene as I recalled childhood memories…and when the new BORUTO series came out featuring the next generation of youth, it meant that the will of fire really did pass on. I was so emotional. I’m just unbelievably happy that we’re in charge of making the ending theme song for the next season!”
The intro of the song is played on a traditional Japanese three-stringed instrument called a shamisen. The traditional-sounding opening combined with the band member’s love for the anime ー the duo’s betrayal of their image (in a good way) is something we are all looking forward to!
SKY PEACE is also releasing their second single “Sky Flight” and their live video “Dream Stage Welcome in SkyPeaceisen Party Time” at the same time. The YouTube duo are rapidly moving forward and upon hearing this big news, everyone’s expectations are rising!
Release: 6th March 2019
Complete limited edition (only 3000 available) (CD＋Zoids Wild ZW01Wild Liger (SKY PEACE Special Edition)
First-run limited edition(CD＋DVD) ￥2,315 (+ tax)
Special Standard edition（CD） ￥1,389 (+ tax)
Dream Stage Welcome in SkyPeaceisen Party Time
Release: 6th March 2019
Complete limited edition ￥9,815 (+ tax)
Special Standard edition ￥5,185 (+ tax)
SKY PEACE official website: https://sky-peace.com/
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations New OP Theme to be Performed by Brian the Sun
Japanese rock band Brian the Sun have dropped the music video for their upcoming fourth single Lonely Go! which is set to be released on January 9.
The music video features live footage of the band’s performance at Daikanyama UNIT on December 11. The song will be used as the new opening theme for the ongoing anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
Brian the Sun will promote the new single with a tour starting at Kyoto MUSE on March 16.
First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,754 (Pre-Tax)
Regular Edition (CD): ¥1,000 (Pre-Tax)
Limited Pressing Edition: ¥1,204 (Pre-Tax)
Brian the Sun TOUR 2019 “Lonely Go!”
2019/3/16 @ MUSE, Kyoto
2019/3/21 @ Early Beliebers, Fukuoka
2019/3/24 @ SPACE BOX, Nagoya
2019/3/27 @ LIVE HOUSE enn 2nd, Sendai
2019/3/30 @ umeda TRAD, Osaka
2019/4/7 @ BESSIE HALL, Sapporo
2019/4/13 @ CLUB QUATTRO, Shibuya
Brian the Sun Official Website: http://www.brianthesun.com
©Masashi Kishimoto Scott / Shuueisha・TV TOKYO・Pierrot
ЯeaL Releases Visual For Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Ending Theme
Popular Japanese rock band ЯeaL has revealed a new visual for the release of their upcoming single Tsuyogari LOSER set to drop on February 20, 2019. The trio take on a more cool look compared to their previous release Mirai Connection which saw them having a cute appearance.
The song will be used as the new ending theme for the hit ongoing anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations from January 2019. It was written and composed entirely by vocalist and guitarist Ryoko. It’s described as a song to cheer on the people fighting every day.
ЯeaL has released a string of smash songs for popular various anime series and they are gaining much attention from anime fans who are anticipating this new release.
Release Date: February 20, 2019
Price: ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
First Press Bonus: Boruto: Naruto Next Generations wide cap sticker
ЯeaL Яock Яevolution vol.7
Venue: TSUTAYA O-EAST
Date: December 22, 2018
Time: Open 16:15 / Start 17:00
Tickets: ¥4,000 (Tax Included) *Separate drink fee charged. Those aged 3 and above must hold a valid ticket.
Enquiries: DISK GARAGE / 050-5533-0888 (Weekdays 12:00-19:00)
ЯeaL Official Website: http://www.realgirlsband.com/
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Official Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/boruto/
Anime Theme Park ‘Nijigen no Mori’ Announces New Naruto & Boruto Attraction for Spring 2019
Nijigen no Mori is an anime themed theme park that opened on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture last summer.
The park has just announced a new attraction called Naruto & Boruto Shinobi-Zato based on the internationally beloved anime series Naruto and its spin-off and sequel series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations which follows the story of Naruto Uzumaki’s son Boruto. The attraction is scheduled to open next spring.
Additionally, a booth in promotion of the attraction will be set up at Jump Festa 2019 which is running on December 22 and 23. The booth will provide details on the new attraction and early-bird tickets to experience it will be sold. Free flyers will also be handed out showcasing new and original merchandise.
At Shinobi-Zato you can expect to see a whole range of Naruto and Boruto themed references. This includes Hokage Rock which overlooks the Hidden Leaf Village in the series and has the faces of all the Hokage carved into it. There will even be full-size statues of characters from the series. Those who roll up to the attraction can look forward to enjoying a range of athletic activities as well as a maze and more while experiencing the recreated worlds of Naruto and Boruto surrounded amongst Awaji Island’s lush greenery. There will of course be a shop selling exclusive merchandise too. After all that, you can enjoy a bowl of ramen at series’ iconic ramen bar Ramen Ichiraku.
Naruto Athletic “Chi no Maki”: This attraction will let you experience the world of Naruto. Participants will have to overcome a string or trials and clear a range of activities in order to collect the missing seals – those seen in the series that are used for Sealing Jutsu.
Boruto Maze: “Ten no Maki”: This attraction will let you experience the world of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. Participants will get involved with courses at the Ninja Academy that Boruto graduated from. They must use their mind and body to escape the maze.
Naruto & Boruto Shinobi-Zato
Address: Nijigen no Mori, 2425 Kusumoto, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture
Opening: Spring 2019 (subject to change)
Attraction Page: https://nijigennomori.com/naruto_shinobizato
Nijigen no Mori Website: https://nijigennomori.com/
ⒸMasashi Kishimoto, Scott / Shueisha, TV Tokyo, Pierrot
FLOW Release Music Video for Naruto Game Theme Song ‘Break it down’
FLOW have released the music video for their new song Break it down which features on their forthcoming double A-side single Neiiro / Break it down set for release on August 29
This live lyric video features exciting footage from the band’s performance at Yokohama Arena on July 8 for JUMP MUSIC FESTA, an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump. The song hails as the biggest hard rock song the band has produced to date. It cannot be categorised into one music genre and synchronises the band’s vigour of today with a strong message.
The song will be used as the theme song for the upcoming PC browser game Naruto x Boruto Borutical Generations. It marks the seventh track FLOW have provided for the Naruto franchise and has the same level of quality as those previous songs which have become classics amongst the anime community. It is the ultimate FLOW x Naruto x Boruto collaboration.
Full details regarding the game have yet to be announced.
It has also been announced that FLOW will make a return to the Nippon Budokan for a solo concert for the first time in 10 years on January 30, 2019. The first wave of arena tickets and standing tickets that were released have already sold out. Regular tickets and tickets that come with a bonus are now available via Lawson Tickets.
The concert is titled “FLOW LIVE BEST 2019 in Nippon Budokan ~Kami Matsuri~” and will be a huge celebration of FLOW’s music career.
Additionally, to celebrate the release of the single and the Nippon Budokan concert, FLOW will host a special stream on Facebook, Twitter, Nico Nico and LINE LIVE on August 26. They will perform live, give the first unveiling of the full music video of their new single, take phone calls, show footage of their first solo performance at the Nippon Budokan 10 years ago back in 2008, and more.
It is looking to be a busy year for FLOW which fans will be most excited about.
FLOW’s New Song ‘Break it down’ to Feature as Theme Song for New Naruto Game
FLOW will release their new double A-side single Neiro / Break it down on August 29. It has been announced that Break it down will be used as the theme song for the PC browser game Naruto x Boruto Borutical Generations.
The song is described as the biggest hard rock song the band has produced to date. It marks the seventh track they have provided for the Naruto franchise, the previous of which have been cemented as classic in the minds of anime fans and are known for their music quality.
Full details regarding the game have yet to be announced, but it is described as a large-scale shinobi battle RPG. It will be free to play and accessible through Yahoo! Game.
Additionally, the other song on the single Neiro is being used as the main theme song for the ongoing Japanese drama series Sachiiro no One Room which began airing in July.
FLOW will hold a mini live show on the Laqua Garden Stage at Tokyo Dome City on September 1 to promote the new single. Those who purchase the CD will get to high-five the band and they will receive a signed sticker.